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Happy New Year Poster 2017

Free Poster – Happy New Year 2017

A festive, fun Happy New Year Poster for celebrating the incoming New Year! We offer up a  web friendly version and a full-size image suitable for printing absolutely free.

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a rough year in my neck of the woods, so I’m looking forward to closing this chapter and starting a new one! I hope you had a much better year than I, but time to set our sights forward!

Oh and there are many changes coming, and let’s all hope and pray  they’re for the better. I’m feeling quite optimistic, which is why I had the urge to make and share a free graphic poster to wish one and all, where-ever you are, a free Happy New Year poster  for 2017.

Below is a web friendly sample copy of the Happy New Year poster for 2017 – feel free to grab that, too (simply right-click the image and use “save image as”, then save to your desired hard drive location). If you would like to use it anywhere on the web, a source referral would be most considerate.

Happy New Year 2017 Poster sample
Happy New Year 2017

Printable Happy New Year Poster

The large image  file is done at 300 dpi – great  for printing! The actual size of the image is 2480 pixels by 3508 pixels. The poster image will down size beautifully, if that suits your needs.

We’ve placed the large image – with no extra water marks or other identifying markings – into a zipped file.

You are free to use the Happy New Year poster in any way you wish. They can be used to create many different items – cards, posters, signs, added to newsletters, flyers, online, backdrops, invitations etc. The only limit is your imagination.

I hope you enjoy and more than that, I wish all my visitors, both past and present, a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous NEW YEAR!

Download the HD Happy New Year Poster 2017 ZIP File

Free Happy New Year Poster 2017
Free Happy New Year Poster 2017

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Free Digital Christmas Frame Holly

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Free Digital Christmas Frame Holly

Christmas is upon us! In the next few days, zillions of pictures will be taken so I thought I’d offer up this free digital Christmas frame for you to decorate your pictures with.

This free digital Christmas frame is in .PNG format and PSD format. You can print these out for photo frames, scrap books, etc. The size of the frame is 1800 x 1200 pixels. The frames are a crisp 300 dpi and work great printing standard 4 x 6 photos.

Popular for scrap booking, photo enhancement, virtual flyers, newsletters, etc. Use your imagination!

There’s a fun little bit of folklore regarding holly. Over 150 years ago, people had a “flower language”. They gave each other bouquets of talking flowers that said a lot without speaking out loud. The holly’s message was, “Did you forget me?

For use on digital pictures, I don’t have time to give out instructions, so please use your favorite search engine on ways to use these if you’re not sure. It’s pretty easy, but you will need a photo editor of some kind.

For the PNG format, simply click the image below for a full size view and then right-click and save the free digital Christmas frame to your hard drive.

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Free Digital Christmas Frame in PNG

For the PSD version, you’ll have to download. Simply click the link below and use “save file” to save to your hard drive. If you click “open” instead, you can view your free digital Christmas frame before saving it, but you will have to be sure to use “SAVE” in order to have it on your computer. The PSD file is the same size as the PNG – 1800 x 1200 pixels.

The PSD format is great for digital pictures and for print pictures. A simple photo editor with layering capability is all you need to drop a photo into the frame. Scroll down just a tad to grab the free digital Christmas frame in PSD format.

You may also enjoy our pretty Holly leaves inspired Christmas gift bag template. If you love the holly theme at Christmas, this is sure to be a great fit!


Free Digital Christmas Frame in PSD
Free Digital Christmas Frame in PSD


P.S. We also offer a Valentine Hearts Digital Frame, which comes in 5 different sizes, plus a web-friendly version.

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Soluble Cocoa by Druggists

Soluble Cocoa Enjoyed by Lady

Soluble Cocoa by Druggists

Soluble Cocoa is a preparation for the special use of druggists and others in making hot or cold soda. It forms the basis for a delicious, refreshing, nourishing and strengthening drink.

Lady Drinking Soluble Cocoa

Soluble Cocoa is perfectly soluble. It is absolutely pure. It is easily made. It possesses the full strength and natural flavor of the cocoa bean. No chemicals are used in its preparation.

The directions for making one gallon of syrup are as follows.

      • 8 ounces of soluble cocoa.
      • 8-1/2 pounds white sugar.
      • 2-1/2 quarts water.

Thoroughly dissolve the cocoa in hot water.  Next, add the sugar, and heat until the mixture boils. Strain while hot.

After the Soluble Cocoa has become cool, sugar may be added if desired.

Breakfast with Soluble Cocoa

About Soluble Cocoa

Pure cocoa powder is not exactly soluble. Remember how, when spooning cocoa powder into a glass of cold milk to make chocolate milk,  the cocoa powder would float to the surface of the milk? No matter how hard you stirred? This is a solubility situation. So in short, natural cocoa powder provides the most authentic chocolate flavor for making hot cocoa, but it is just not very soluble.

What About Cacao?

Cacao makes for a healthful and delicious natural beverage. From “days of yore”, when a product then called Des Azteques Cacao was sold, came the following from an excerpt on their products’ information.

A compound formerly known as Racabout des Arabes; a most nutritious preparation; indispensable as an article of diet for children, convalescents, ladies, and delicate or aged persons. It is composed of the best nutritive and restoring substances, suitable for the most delicate system. It is now a favorite breakfast beverage for ladies and young persons, to whom it gives freshness and embonpoint. It has solved the problem of medicine by imparting something which is easily digestible and at the same time free from the exciting qualities of coffee and tea, thus making it especially desirable for nervous persons or those afflicted with weak stomachs.

It has a very agreeable flavor, is easily prepared, and has received the commendation of eminent physicians as being the best article known for convalescents and all persons desiring a light, digestible, nourishing and strengthening food.

Dating Back to the 1780s

1780s Book Cover
Soluble cocoa used by druggists dates back – at least – to the late 1700s. The majority of the information gathered above comes from a book titled, “Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes by Miss Parola“. The book came out in 1780 by Walter Baker & Co., Ltd., Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Where to get soluble cocoa now? Natraceutical has transformed scientific fact into well-being reality, launching the first 100 percent natural Soluble Cocoa Fiber.

A more well-known chocolate manufacturer, Ghiradelli, makes soluble cocoa in yummy flavors such as Double Chocolate and Peppermint. Another popular brand is Van Houten, which can be purchased on Amazon.

Give Soluble Cocoa a try! Convert a traditional beverage into an authentic functional beverage with its numerous physiological health benefits.

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Printable Fragile Mailing Stickers

Printable Fragile Mailing Stickers

These printable fragile mailing stickers really stand out on packages and envelopes! We may not be able to totally control the loving and careful handling of our precious goods once they are in transit, but we can do our very best to say to the delivery service people, “Please be careful with this package/envelope!

Printable Fragile Mailing Stickers

All you need to do to use these is print the PDF file that contains one sheet with six stickers. Then you just cut/trim, peel and stick!

The printable fragile mailing stickers can be taped onto packages with mailing tape or glue. You can also purchase some sticker paper to print these on. Sticker paper is inexpensive and can be purchased at any office supply store or outlet. The mailing tape options works very well for these, too, if you’d rather not mess around with sticker paper.

The file you download prints out 6 colorful stickers with a bright yellow background, large, bold black font and a red oval highlighting the word, “FRAGILE” on the stickers.

The size of the printable fragile mailing stickers once trimmed, is a nice-sized square of 3-3/4-inch wide by 3-inches high. This does not include any white space you leave around it. Prints six to a sheet.

In computer-friendly PDF format, you can print as you need and eliminate waste – i.e. these are Eco-friendly! Plus, you can have these on hand – always! Never run out, never want for more when you unexpectedly need one. Just be sure to keep a back-up copy and you’re good for as long as you need printable fragile mailing stickers. Print and use only what you need, when you need them.

To create your stickers, simply open your PDF file and click print. Clip out the labels with a scissors. You can use sticker paper or regular paper, mailing tape or glue to stick them to your packages.

Best of all, you get these via instant download right now, if you like them!

Printable fragile mailing stickers download
Printable fragile mailing stickers download

Thank you for visiting Mayda Mart.

Disclaimer: Cybernation, which you will see in the certified PDF file, is the name of our sister-shop on Etsy.

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Paleo Blueprint e-Book Freebie PDF

Caveman for Paleo Blueprint

Paleo Blueprint e-Book Freebie

The Paleo Blueprint

The paleo (short for paleolithic) blueprint e-book is, in essence, an eight page e-book that gives a good crash course in the paleolithic diet, also known as the cave man diet.

Gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin first popularized the Paleo diet in the 1970’s. He argued in, “The Stone Age Diet,” humans as carnivores, chiefly needs fats, proteins and a small amount of carbohydrates for optimum performance. For the last 30 years, obesity has been increasing in the United States.

Our modern diets are laden with preservatives, processed sugars, and fried foods. Today’s health crisis has led to a renewed interest in Voegtlin’s tested approach to healthy living.

Paleolithic recipes are: grain-free, bean-free, potato-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.  It is, as mentioned, often referred to as a “raw diet” or the “Caveman diet”.

Ingredients used in  a paleolithic diet are: Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries.

This free paleo blueprint gives you a crash course on practicing a Paleolithic style diet. But you’ll learn all of this in a very short time with our 8-page e-book that includes handy reference charts and basic guidance for practicing this dietary lifestyle.

Paleo Blueprint Contents

  • What is the Paleo Diet?
  • Benefits of the Paleo Diet

Paleo Blueprint Diet Basics

  • What to Eat
  • Foods to Eliminate
  • Tips for the Paleo Lifestyle
  • Paleo Friendly Desserts
  • Conclusion

This is totally free, shared with Mayda Mart by our good friends over at, with their approval and pleasure. 🙂 Check out their recipes if you visit; they have a nice selection of Paleolithic diet recipes – all free for the taking!

Just click on the button below to download the free Paleo blueprint e-book. No catch, no strings, just a good-old-fashioned freebie from good-old-fashioned people.

Paleo Blueprint e-Book
Paleo Blueprint e-Book

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Retro Pumpkin Recipes 1950s

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Retro Pumpkin Recipes 1950s

Did you know that pumpkin is not a vegetable but a fruit? It’s a berry. A BIG berry! Enjoy the nutritional bonus you get with pumpkin in these fantastic retro pumpkin recipes from the 1950s.

Pumpkins are a good source of nutrition. They contain Vitamin A and B and potassium. Pumpkins are also a source of protein, dietary fiber and Vitamin E. The bright orange color of pumpkin is tells us that pumpkin is loaded with an antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.

So enjoy these retro pumpkin recipes knowing you’re not just getting a treat, but some serious nutritional bonuses, too!

Three Retro Pumpkin Recipes

Creamy Pineapple Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipe

A delicious no-bake chiffon pie! Light, airy and most of all, delicious!

1-1/2 cups pumpkin pie filling
1 baked pastry shell
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon gelatin (or one envelope)
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup drained pineapple tidbits
3 egg whites

Soften gelatin in cold water. Mix pumpkin filling, sugar, milk and egg in top of a double boiler. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from stove.

Stir softened gelatin into hot mixture until gelatin is dissolved. Cool.

When partially set, fold in pineapple tidbits. Beat egg whites until stiff and beat in sugar gradually. Fold in pumpkin mixture and pour into baked pastry shell. Chill until firm.

Pumpkin Mousse RecipeRetro Pumpkin Recipes

If you enjoy mousse treats, this one is sure to please a pumpkin lover!

1-1/2 cups pumpkin pie filling
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light cream

Cook pumpkin filling and milk in top of double boiler over direct heat until hot but not boiling. Stir occasionally. Beat egg yolks in separate bowl until light and thick; add sugar gradually and keep beating until creamy. Add gradually to the pumpkin mixture. Cook over boiling water 7 to 8 minutes until it thickens to custard consistency. Let cool; then stir in cream. Pour into freezing tray, freeze until solid.

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Tender and tasty with an addition of plump raisins and nut meats, this is one satisfying pumpkin dessert to treat your family and friends.

1 cup pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups enriched flour
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup nut meats
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In electric mixer, mix butter (or shortening) and sugar at low speed until creamy. Add egg and pumpkin filling; mix well at low speed. Sift and measure flour. Add baking powder; sift again. Add flour, milk, nuts and raisins to pumpkin mixture. Mix 1 minute at low speed. Pour into greased pan (don’t grease sides of pan). Bake approximately one hour. Serve warm with whipped cream or cooled and frosted.

The above recipes are from a 1950s Comstock retro pumpkin recipes booklet. Below is a screen shot of the page these recipes came from. For a large view, simply click on the image.

Comstock Retro Pumpkin Recipes 1950s

Nutrition information source: Belly Bytes Fab Foods: Pumpkin

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Vintage Mincemeat Pudding and Pie Recipe

Comstock cookbook page

Vintage Mincemeat Pudding and Pie Recipes

Did you know that, according to Comstock – one average piece of vintage mincemeat pie has three times as much food energy as an average piece of angel food cake. And more than that, ten times more calcium!

Today I’m posting a vintage mincemeat pudding recipe for those of us who still appreciate the old-fashioned, time-honored traditions of Christmas celebrations.

Also known simply as “Christmas Pudding”, this type of English dessert is rich in its history and worthy of looking up if you are one who is equally as fascinated and interested in these long-standing traditions. You could also check out the “Merry Plum Pudding” recipe over at our good friends at

The following vintage mincemeat pudding recipe is usually made for the Christmas holidays, but why not make it any time for a treat – especially if you’re a mincemeat lover?

Throughout the years, many have “slimmed down” some of these traditions. The vintage mincemeat pudding recipe I’m sharing is one derived from a 1950s Comstock cookbook and leans more toward the traditional than a newer, “slimmed down” option.

The recipes below were written by Comstock so naturally they use Comstock Pie Fillings. If no longer available to you, you are free to use any mincemeat pie filling of choice.

Vintage Mincemeat Pudding Recipe

Vintage Mincemeat Pudding mold
Mincemeat pudding mold

1-1/2 cup mincemeat pie filling
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup molasses
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
3 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons sugar

Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Stir cream of tartar into molasses and and add cinnamon, salt and half cup of water.

Beat egg yolks; add molasses mixture. Cook over hot water, stirring until slightly thickened. Add softened gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Chill until syrup forms.

Beat egg whites stiff, beat in sugar and fold into gelatin mixture with mincemeat. Spoon into mold and chill until firm. Serves six.

Hot Mince-Ice Cream Pie

Hot Mince-Ice Cream Pie
Hot Mince-Ice Cream Pie

Here’s a fun twist in mincemeat pie with the all-time favorite, ice cream.

1 can mincemeat pie filling
Pastry for 2-crust pie
1 quart vanilla ice cream

Make 2-crust pie, using only 1-1/2 cups of mincemeat filling. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 425 degrees. Just before serving pie, heat rest of mincemeat. Spoon ice cream over top crust of pie. Serve mincemeat over wedges of warm pie.

Screen Shot of Original Comstock Cookbook Page

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Comstock cookbook page
Comstock Cookbook Page
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Mincemeat Pie Filling Recipes

Mincemeat pie filling recipes

Mincemeat Pie Filling Recipes

Here’s our first post featuring all my old recipes! We’re starting out with a trio of Mincemeat Pie Filling Recipes from an old cookbook booklet, which I believe was put out in the 1950s. Included is a scanned image of the page of the cookbook-booklet the mincemeat pie fillings were in. All three recipes are on one page. The recipe booklet was put out by Comstock, but you can use any brand pie filling you like.

From Comstock, “All these recipes are time-tested, family-tested and guaranteed to provide you with a family of happy, eager eaters.

Easy Mix Fruit Cake

1 can mincemeat pie filling
1 cup walnut meats, coarsely chopped
1 cup mixed candied fruit, coarsely chopped
1-1/3 cup (15-1/2-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Add nuts and candied fruit, sweetened condensed milk and egg to mincemeat pie filling. Blend well. Stir in flour and baking powder. Pour into greased 9 x 4 x 3-inch baking pan, which has been lined with waxed paper and greased again. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours or until center springs back when lightly touched. Top should be golden brown.

Note: If a glass baking dish is used, decrease temperature to to 325-degrees.

Mincemeat BarsMincemeat pie filling

1 can mincemeat pie filling
2-1/2 cups biscuit mix
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup milk

Mix well all except mincemeat pie filling. Pat half into 13 x 9-inch oblong pan, to within 1/2-inch of edges. Spread mincemeat filling. Pat other half of dough on waxed paper to same size. Turn over onto mincemeat filling and remove waxed paper. Bake 30 minutes at 375-degrees. Frost with thin confectioners’ sugar icing. While warm, cut into bars. Makes about 3 dozen.

French Apple Mince Pie

1 can mincemeat pie filling
1 cup pre-sliced applies
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
Pastry for one 9-inch pie

Spread mincemeat filling evenly in bottom of unbaked pastry shell. Combine sugar with apple slices and arrange over mincemeat. Cream butter or margarine with brown sugar and cut in flour until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over top. Bake at 450-degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350-degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

P.S. Are you a Vegan or do you know one? Share or enjoy this Mincemeat and Apricot Crumble Recipe recipe from our good friends over at

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Mincemeat Pie Filling Recipes
Mincemeat Pie Filling Recipes
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Free Princess Hat DIY Paper Craft

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Free Princess Hat DIY Paper Craft

A free princess hat template! Download this template and you can make as many hats as you need or want, any time you want. You can enhance your free princess hat with sequins, glitter, bows, ribbon – whatever your creative mind desires. Plus, consider the fact that a DIY (do it yourself) project such as this is Eco-friendly because you only make what you need.

Free Princess Hat

The hat is a template, which is contained in a simple, one-page computer friendly PDF file. Simply download the file, open and print. Now you’re ready to make your hat, which is also super simple. The instructions are included in the file, but are quite intuitive. Just cut along the lines and glue or tape where indicated.

These are often used for birthday parties, but can be used just to make your little princess feel special any day.

This free princess hat matches the adorable and fun Princess Paper Craft Project Set that includes a printable gift card with a matching envelope, three printable princess gift tags, a printable princess gift bag and one invitation to a party or greeting card with a printable matching envelope. This free princess hat goes perfectly with the craft set.

Click the princess picture below to download the file. No gimmicks, no catch, no ads – just a one-page PDF file with your free princess hat template.

Free Princess Hat Download
Free Princess Hat Download

This is totally free, there are no copyrights or water marks on the free princess hat template and you are free to print and create as many of these as you wish. You may not re-sell the file. If you would like to post it on your own site or blog, please do so with a link back to this site. You may link to this blog post or to the home page of the site.

Thank you for visiting and I sincerely hope you enjoy your freebie!